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  • Get the skills to prioritize in the midst of overwhelming outside forces.
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ConsensusDocs Webinar: Understanding the Benefits and Challenges of Progressive Design-Build

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024 Register Now
Time: 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT)
Length: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Speaker(s): Speaker(s): Joanna K. Horsnail, Managing Partner at Mayer Brown; Jeff Miller, VP, General Counsel at The Haskell Co.; Bert Somers, Contracting Manager, Western US at Ferrovial Construction US & Canada; Brian Perlberg, Executive Director of the ConsensusDocs Coalition and Senior Counsel at the Associated General Contractors of America

 

Webinar Description
ABC Members Only

Progressive design-build is a contracting project delivery method that has grown in usage, especially for bigger projects. PDB uses a qualifications-based or best-value selection, and then design and price are fixed later. PDB differs from traditional design-build and presents some opportunities and risks. Learn how to understand the differences through project experiences and how PDB addresses fair risk allocation, increases transparency and reduces change orders and major budget busts. 

As a current ABC member, you will receive $20 off on your registration rate using the code fy24febabc upon checkout, reducing the price to $79. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to better understand the potential benefits and risks of PDB.

 

   Speaker Info

Joanna Horsnail Horsnail is a construction attorney and the office managing partner for Mayer Brown's Chicago office. She is the North American head of Mayer Brown’s construction transactions practice. She represents public and private owners, developers, lenders and contractors regarding the design, construction, development, financing, acquisition and disposition of facilities, including alternative delivery and public-private partnership projects.
 

Jeff Miller is vice president and general counsel for The Haskell Co. He has 29 years of legal experience representing insurers, manufacturers, business owners, design and construction professionals, general contractors, construction managers and subcontractors of all types and sizes. As head of the Legal Department at Haskell, Jeff leads a team of highly competent legal and contracts professionals.
 

Bert Somers has over 25 years of experience in construction. He is currently the contracting manager of the Western US for Ferrovial Agroman, managing a procurement pipeline of design-build and P3 projects in excess of $4 billion dollars of construction. His areas of responsibility include business development, including building joint ventures, client engagement and interaction and procuring work. He has previously worked as a foreman, project engineer, project manager, estimator, estimating manager and director of special projects and business development for small and large contractors.

Brian Perlberg serves as executive director and senior counsel for ConsensusDocs. He was recently recognized as a top legal voice by Engineering News-Record and recognized by Who’s Who Legal for Construction. Perlberg is the only construction attorney in the United States certified as a CM-Lean for lean construction. He serves on the ABA Forum on Construction Law’s Steering Committee for the Contract Documents; is on the Executive Committee for the Arbitration Association of America; and serves on the Board of the Construction Super Conference.

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Learn What the DOL’s Final Independent Contractor Rule Means for ABC Members

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 Register Now
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speaker: Maury Baskin, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson
Moderator: Karen Livingston, Senior Director of Policy, ABC National

 

Webinar Description
ABC Members Only

On Jan. 9, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced the final rule on Employee or Independent Contractor Classification Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which rescinds the ABC-supported 2021 final rule and replaces it with a confusing multifactor analysis to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. The final rule takes effect on March 11. Learn more about the 2024 final rule.

On Jan. 10, ABC, its Southeast Texas chapter, the Coalition for Workforce Innovation and the Financial Services Institute filed a motion to renew litigation against the DOL independent contractor rule. In 2022, the district court found that the DOL violated the Administrative Procedure Act when it first attempted to delay, and later to withdraw, the 2021 final rule; the court vacated these efforts and held that the 2021 final rule has been and remains in effect since March 8, 2021.

ABC general counsel Maury Baskin will provide an overview of the final rule and share his insights on the latest developments regarding ABC’s legal challenge against the rule.

 

   Speaker Info

Maury Baskin serves as ABC’s general counsel and is a shareholder in the Washington, D.C., office of Littler Mendelson P.C., where he chairs Littler’s construction practice group and co-chairs Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute. He is one of the chief legal advocates for the rights of employers on labor issues throughout the country, representing ABC and its member firms at every level of government, up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court
 

 

   Moderator Info

Karen Livingston is ABC’s senior director of policy in Washington, D.C., and oversees regulatory actions, policies and guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Labor as well as several other federal agencies.reme Court
 

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Foundations of Better Business Travel: Save Time, Money and Hassle With These Travel Tools

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2024 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 30 minutes
Speaker(s): Speaker(s): Lauren Hemphill, Associate Director of Sales, Hotel Engine
Moderator: Mark Leibman, Director of Business Development, ABC National

 

Webinar Description
ABC Members Only

Take the work out of booking work trips. Booking hotel stays for business travel for yourself and your workforce can be the easiest thing on your to-do list. Hotel Engine’s simple, flexible and intuitive platform helps more than 40,000 businesses simplify all aspects of their lodging program, from booking to billing and beyond.

Join us on March 21 for a conversation with an industry expert about how Hotel Engine helps thousands of construction companies save time and money when reserving and managing their team’s hotel bookings, all through its convenient and free platform.

 

   Speaker Info

Lauren Hemphill is associate director of sales for Hotel Engine. Hemphill specializes in leading sales teams that work primarily with construction companies across the United States. Hemphill understands the complexities of the construction industry and knows how important it is for customers to be able to quickly source hotels near their jobsites in affordable hotels that their employees want to be in.  

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‘Ambush’ Election Rule

Despite being litigated for years, the Biden administration’s NLRB has revived controversial policy from the Obama era in the form of its Representation-Case Procedures final rule. The direct final rule, issued without notice and the opportunity to comment, essentially restores provisions of the “ambush” election rule of 2014 and rescinds the remaining ABC-supported provisions of the 2019 final rule. The rule will apply to representation petitions filed on or after Dec. 26, 2023, and employers will have less time to respond to representation petitions.

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"Blacklisting" Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

On Aug. 24, 2016, the Obama administration issued the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (or “blacklisting”) final rule, which would have threatened federal contractors’ due process rights, injected unwarranted subjectivity and added needless and duplicative layers of bureaucracy and costs into the federal acquisition process.

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CHIPS Act

In July 2022, Congress enacted the CHIPS Act of 2022 (Division A of P.L. 117-167), which was signed into law by President Joe Biden on Aug. 9, 2022.

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Fair and Open Competition on Taxpayer-Funded Federal and Federally Assisted Construction Projects

On Feb. 4, 2022, President Biden signed Executive Order 14063, Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects. Once implemented following a rulemaking by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council that is expected to be completed in  2023, federal agencies will require that every prime contractor and subcontractor on a federal construction project of $35 million or more performed within the United States to sign a PLA as a condition of winning a taxpayer-funded contract.

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FTC Proposed Ban on Noncompetes

Status

On Jan. 5, the Federal Trade Commission issued a proposed rule that would ban all noncompete agreements with limited exceptions. According to the FTC, the proposed rule would make it illegal for an employer to enter into or attempt to enter into a noncompete with a worker, maintain a noncompete with a worker, or represent to a worker, under certain circumstances, that the worker is subject to a noncompete.

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Health Care

Providing quality health care benefits is a top priority for ABC and its member companies.

ABC advocates for policies that would ensure employer-sponsored coverage is strengthened and remains a viable, affordable option for millions of hardworking Americans and their families.

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Immigration Reform

On Feb. 18, 2021, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., introduced the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 (H.R. 1177/S. 348) to implement President Biden’s proposal on immigration reform.

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Infrastructure

On Nov. 15, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which provides $550 billion in new funding to invest in America’s roads, bridges, utilities and other needs on top of baseline government infrastructure spending via existing programs and annual appropriations. Much of the IIJA funding will be distributed to states and localities and other stakeholders through discretionary grant programs; however, the Biden administration continues to promote pro-labor policies tied to IIJA dollars.

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IRA Tax Credits

The Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law on Aug. 16, 2022, and provides over $270 billion in tax credits for the construction of solar, wind, hydrogen, carbon sequestration, electric vehicle charging stations and other clean energy projects.

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Joint Employer

On Nov. 9,  ABC joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of business groups in filing a lawsuit challenging the National Labor Relations Board’s Joint Employer final rule for violating the National Labor Relations Act and for acting arbitrarily and capriciously in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. Effective Feb. 26, 2024, the final rule takes an ax to the ABC-supported 2020 NLRB joint employer final rule, which provided clear criteria for companies to apply when determining status.

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Multiemployer Pension Plans

In March 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319) into law, including a controversial provision providing a Congressional Budget Office-estimated $86 billion taxpayer bailout of struggling union multiemployer pension plans

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